Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nintendo Direct 9/18/13: Wii Fit U Edition

There she is.  Everyone's favorite new Smash Bros. character, in the proverbial HD flesh.  Even making a Reggie joke.  The reason she kicked off the Nintendo Direct is because it was focused on Wii Fit U and Wii Sports Club, both of which provided with interesting and exciting news.

The Wii Fit U news is that the game will be available as a free download from November 1 through January 31.  When you download it, you can use the game for a month (starting from the first time you play the game).  After that period of time, you have three choices to purchase it.  There is, however, one choice that is clearly the best.

Yes, if you have downloaded the game for the free trial period, and buy the Fit Meter for $19.99, you will continue to have free access to the game forever.  Otherwise, you can buy the disc version with the Fit Meter for $49.99, or you can get the disc, Fit Meter, and Balance Board for $89.99 (but let's be honest here, you already have a Balance Board).

There are also going to be online gym communities, so you can interact with other people and keep things engaging.  Hopefully.

Before they got to the Wii Sports Club news,  they dropped a little nugget in there about the newest update for Wii Street U.  You will be able to use the Balance Board to "walk" around.  Neat.
Then we move on to the Wii Sports Club news.  Finally, Wii Sports comes to the Wii U, and it has brought online play with it!  The five original Wii Sports games are back, now in HD, and you don't even need to buy sports you don't want.  You can buy any one of the sports for $9.99 each, or you can opt for a $1.99 day pass, which gives you twenty-four hours of access to all five titles.  I will probably be dropping $30 on this, getting tennis, baseball, and bowling.

The online for the game gives you access to different regional and state clubs, which you can join and go head to head with people within the club, or go head to head with other clubs to climb the club leader boards.  Wii Sports Club will be available November 7.

Of course, you don't have to take my word for any of this.  You can just watch the Nintendo Direct yourself.